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cnn, and gayle, weekdays on cbs. good to see you. thank you for getting oprah again. gayle is my go-to for oprah. anderson cooper starts right now. good evening. two big breaking stories tonight. new intelligence involving threats to air travel, and a potential, potential break in fighting that has turned the center of ukraine's capital kiev into a fiery battleground. take a look at these pictures that we just got. >> incredible images from the front lines in independence square.
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as i said, new video taken shortly before ukraine's president announced the truce just after midnight local time. the state department calling it a glimmer of hope. remains to be seen whether it will actually take. there have been other hopeful moments that have evaporated with talks giving way to confrontation. yesterday security forces moving in. of course scenes like this. now fighting has left more than two dozen police and protesters dead, sparking tough warnings from nato and president obama and fears that a vital buffer between russia and the west is coming apart at the seams. nick paton walsh joins us now from kiev. nick, there's a talk of a truce from the ukrainian president. what's the latest there tonight? and what are the chances the truce is actually real? >> reporter: at this point the truce is basically been the president saying he wants one, he's agreed one with the opposition and they want to talk about ending bloodshed. the opposition saying they'd like a ceasefire, too, and hope his concerns about that are genuine. but behind me that's not being
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reflected on what's happening on the street. the reason i keep looking off to my left here, we keep seeing columns of riot police moving toward the square. could be a shift change but a large number moving there at the moment. they're singing the ukrainian national anthem here. since we've heard of the truce we've seen no change. fireworks fired at the police by the protesters. molitov cocktails thrown as well. no sense of tension dissipating. although there seems to be this -- in the corridors of power, discussion at trying to find some sort of deal, anderson. >> and nick, the strategic positions the ukrainian military, senior u.s. defense official told cnn the ukrainian forces have moved into defensive postures around bases and weapons depots in recent hours. that would certainly seem to point to concerns about protests taking things to a whole new level. >> reporter: possibly. it may be the u.s. perhaps trying to say they weren't
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moving into aggressive positions, weren't about to join the fight here. ukraine officials saying army won't get involved here. there was a troubling moment today where the head of the army was suddenly given a new job. that's not what you do as president of ukraine or any country if you want to look like you're fully in control of your military or security services. there are questions about precisely why that happened. speculation did he not want to do something he was ordered to do or want to do something and told not to do it. issues, too, about the warning immediately got after that from the head of security services, saying that an anti-terror operation was required across the nation. tensions still high despite these talks potentially in the offing. >> nick, just out of curiosity, is that music being piped in or is that people singing in the square? >> reporter: that's people on the stage to keep protesters buoyed up. it's cold, it's damp down there. conditions worsening by the day.
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there's a stage obscured from where i am standing by the thick black smoke of burning tires. we've had a mass conducted there. we hear speeches from the fragmented leadership of this protest. and now we're hearing for the third or fourth time the national anthem. doesn't normally mean anything specific, but it sometimes points to moments where the crowd feels a need of particular rallying. it's very hard to tell when the police move around, fluctuate in numbers whether we're seeing preparation for something or simply just police shifts changing now. but no dissipation from the standoff behind me at all. been going on all night. >> we heard president obama warning the ukrainian government to show restraint. >> reporter: i don't think the president of ukrainian wants to find himself in international exile or difficulty getting a visa going anywhere west of poland. but i think it's important not
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to overestimate how much he would care at this point. he's very much against the wall, supporters coming from moscow both financially and politically as well. as is always, really, being the case. i'm sure he wants to court public opinion globally, and of course moscow doesn't want itself during the middle of the sochi games seen to be pushing things too far. but threats of sanctions are still threats. we haven't actually got a concrete plan. a visa plan on 20 ukrainian officials isn't exactly going to change what's happening behind me. we've got key european foreign ministers coming in tomorrow. french, german, polish. that may calm things. but still as i say, everything's staying as it was during the day behind me, anderson. >> nick, we're going to check back with you later on in this hour for a look at how ukraine's political meltdown could trigger a whole series of consequences for europe and the united states. i want to turn to a more direct potential threat now. intelligence suggesting that terror groups have been working on a new shoe bomb design and a warning to airlines from the department of homeland security
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encompassing that and a number of potential threats. our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto has details. he joins us now. obviously officials have been worried about shoe bombs for more than ten years now. we all know about richard reed. this seems to be new, though. it's not just shoes. >> reporter: it's new based on new intelligence that terror groups are working on a new way to smuggle explosives onto a plane in a shoe bomb. a new adaptation of that old method we've known about since richard reid. it extends to cosmetics and liquids. there's some information about the cities that it might apply to. some 25 cities with direct flights to the u.s., a wide group as diverse as johannesburg, london, some cities in the middle east, including cairo. now, i am told that the threat is not specific or credible enough to warrant a broader response from intelligence agencies here. this particular warning coming from the department of homeland security, which has the lowest bar for putting out a warning like this. that makes sense. that's its job to get out information about threats to the
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homeland as widely as possible. but just to be clear, this threat not specific or credible enough to get all of our counter terror agencies working on a direct response to it. >> so for those of us who might have to travel or have travel plans, including airplane flight, does this mean longer screening processes? >> reporter: it does mean some new measures. it's going to be things like extra swabs maybe as you get to the plane. those swabs they use to test for explosive residue on your bags or on your clothes, that kind of thing. but not a full phalanx of new guards and new kinds of security measures. remember of course we already have to take off our shoes when we're going on a plane if that's what they're looking for specifically. this really does show the difficulty of dealing with threats like this, because they're getting a lot of information. it's not always specific and credible. so they have to kind of gauge their response on a sliding scale. so his response they're going to add some new measures for particular flights but they're not going to raise it to the highest level here. so i think if you're planning to travel to the u.s., the
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intelligence officials i talk to say no one should be panicking here but this is just an abundance of caution getting the information out there to airlines. >> i want to bring in former homeland security adviser fran townsend currently sits on the dhs external advisory boards. you've been there, fran, when threats like this come in. why go public with this? does that surprise you? >> it's interesting. as you talk to folks inside the law enforcement community and homeland security community, they say they've been watching this, right? we've heard about al qaeda and its affiliates, particularly al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, looking to develop new bomb techniques and methods to get past our screening procedures. you saw the computer bomb and underwear bomb. this has been sort of a recurring theme. this has been growing over the last several weeks. we heard the threat in the toothpaste tubes. they've been looking at what are the methods they're looking at to smuggle explosives onto a plane. i think this was really dhs who was responsible, the parent agency of the transportation security administration.
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they saw this, they decided because that's their responsibility as jim suggests, they wanted to get this to the airlines and make them aware. this isn't the kind of threat warning that we typically see, which is an inner agency fbi and dhs that put out a written warning when they do believe it's specific and credible. this is dhs talking to the airlines about screening because they see this sort of growing body of intelligence. >> presumably this is something terrorists have been working on for more than ten years. >> that's right. so when you talk to folks, anderson, you've heard this before. we see increased traffic, increased chatter, and we're concerned that they may have been able to develop to make a smaller, compact version of an explosive that they can get past our screeners. >> fran, appreciate the update. jim sciutto as well. let us know what you think. just ahead tonight, president obama warning
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tonight's breaking news, a truce declared in ukraine not being seen at least yet on the ground in kiev. comes after another ugly day in the capital's independence square. new video of the fighting from earlier this evening, a battle that began when government forces moved in on protesters last night, sparking a day and two nights of violence on the ground and a sharp warning from president obama. >> we expect the ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in
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dealing with peaceful protesters. we've said that we also expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful, and we'll be monitoring very carefully the situation, recognizing that along with our european partners and the international community there will be consequences if people step over the line. >> some preliminary steps have already come to pass. the state department tonight saying it's going to bar 20 senior members of the ukrainian government and others responsible for the crackdown from entering the country. the first sanctions in a crisis threatening to tear a major piece of europe apart. scenes of a city descending into chaos. kiev's independence square, a fiery battleground between police and protesters. the fighting at times has looked medeival. this protester's legs caught fire as others desperately stamp out the flames. in the square, protesters
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fashion more sophisticated weapons. >> reporter: there is a whole row of effectively what is homemade artillery. these pipes, they use gas to propel fireworks attached to molitov cocktails to get more distance and bigger bang. >> watch as this armored personnel carrier advances toward the protesters' front lines and set ablaze with what looks like molotov cocktails. this protester is about to be shot. it's unclear if he survived. we do know at least 26 people have been killed in the clashes, and hundreds more haven't hospitalized according to ukraine's health ministry. off the square, protesters even stormed the party headquarters for the ukrainian president and protests have now spread to at least three other cities across the country. earlier wednesday, an aggressive move by the the ukrainian government labelling the protesters terrorists. it's a familiar refrain from bloody revolts in syria and across the middle east. the ukrainian government further
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defended its stance against the thousands in independence square, saying they, not authorities, began the violence. >> there's a strong instruction to the police not to use offensive means against the protesters. >> president obama condemned the violence. >> we hold the ukrainian government primarily responsible for making sure that it is dealing with peaceful protesters in an appropriate way. >> late tonight, a bit of hope. the ukrainian president along with leaders of ukraine's top three opposition parties declaring a truce and the start of negotiations for peace. but this is not the first time we've seen this. just days ago, talks evolved into the bloodshed of the last two days. a hope now that this time, somehow, things will be different. let's dig deeper now. go back to nick paton walsh in kiev and bring in former long time correspondent jill dougherty currently at harvard university's kennedy school of government. also senior white house correspondent jim acosta joins us.
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nick, we spoke to you at the beginning of the program. in terms of where you are, at least some of which appears quite dangerous, is there any talk of a truce, is this calming things at all? >> reporter: right now i'm seeing fireworks go off right behind me fired directly at what seems to be police positions down there. so no sense of peace here at all, frankly. i mean, the real question, anderson, is exactly what talks could result and president yanukovych doesn't seem to want to go anywhere at this point, anderson. >> nick, are people able who are in the square, protesters, are they able to get back and forth or are they stuck there, completely surrounded? >> reporter: no, they can come and go. down further away from here it's possible to get in and out. we don't know what sanction they might face by police if they
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move away from this area, if they're perhaps arrested or picked up at all. it's along the side to my left here where police have very firm lines. they've been pushing in, laying waste actually to much of the ground there. it's burned away. half of the square now you can see in daylight is pretty much burned rubble and damaged debris. the protesters pushed into a corner but expanding down side streets. no matter what the police do, they're not actually denting its will despite eroding the space it has in the central square. >> jim, we heard what president obama had to say earlier today. is the white house actually -- is there anything they're actually going to do about ukraine or just is it talk at this point? >> reporter: well, anderson, i think that remains to be seen. the administration at this point according to a senior administration official i talked to has not laid out what consequences would be in store for the ukraine if this violence were to continue. as soon as the president said
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don't cross a line, that invited comparison immediately to the situation in syria when president obama warned the regime of bashar al assad not to use chemical weapons. when assad used those weapons the president got to the edge of using military action but pulled back and chose the diplomatic path. a question as to follow through with the obama white house as to what it would do with ukraine. at this point it looks like only sanctions but how far the sanctions would go. >> what about vladimir putin? how big a role, if any, is vladimir putin playing in all this? >> he's playing a very important role. >> go ahead, jill. >> sorry. he's playing an important role. because after all, russia is trying to exert its influence in ukraine, keep it in the fold, not allow it to move economically and politically toward western europe. and that is his goal right now. i mean, as they look at this, they see a lot of their interests, russian interests and vladimir putin's interest, in keeping ukraine as part of some
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type of union. but right now the country is really torn in half politically. and what will remain after all of this is really questionable. i mean, the economy, anderson, is in dire straits. and this is going to make it much much worse. >> jill, you talked about the country being torn in half. is it possible the ukraine could end up divided, splitting apart? >> some people talk about that. a lot of people talk about it with dread. but you do have that geographic -- it's really a division between west and east in ukraine. the people in the east basically aligned more with moscow, people in the west -- this is a broad generalization, but in a way it is true. so some have actually thought that perhaps it might be a terrible thing to think about, but it might happen. nobody wants that. but right now, i think as obama looks at this, his main issue
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really in that warning, i think, was to say don't send in the army. we're talking short term, what can you do to stop the fighting? the long term is really the problem. even if they come to some type of truce, is that really going to solve the overall long-lasting problems in ukraine? probably not. >> so nick, at this point the army is what, still on the bases? the forces we've been seeing attacking protesters, those are just police? >> reporter: yes, at this point it is riot police. when we drove from the airport we saw the signs there were a couple of military trucks erecting a checkpoint on the way you could drive around. the chief of the army was suddenly given a new job today by president yanukovych. not a message you want to give out when you're depending on the
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military and securities. no one is sure what went on there. did he ask to do something yanukovych didn't like. confusing signals at the top. >> this is more about the economy, whether or not to link it to the west or link it to russia at this point. it seems like it's kind of gone beyond that. >> reporter: like jill was saying, this is a country that's split in two just simply geographically. the west of it, neighbors like poland, have an economic transformation in the past decade. the east still economically industrially tied to russia. this has been going on for over a decade. it's different this time around than 2004 when everyone thought the orange revolution here, similar protests but not violent, had dragged the country west. this is different because frankly back then in 2004, george bersch was trying to fuel that move, was leading the charge trying to push many of the countries around russia in a more western direction in those colored revolutions we saw back then. that's not happening now.
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the e.u. isn't really wanting to get that involved financially. the u.s. on the sidelines. this is homegrown. it's people angry at a decade of promises not fulfilled, seeing increased corruption they say around them, seeing the rest of the world moving forward. as one russian writer said, everywhere else in the world wakes up to a fresh day, we always wake up to yesterday. >> goods to have you on the program. thank you. up next one of the jurors in michael dunn's trial speaks publicly about the jury's inability to reach a decision on the top charge, first degree murder. and jordan davis's aunt tells us what kind of young man he was. also candidate for governor in texas takes heat for campaigning with ted nugent, the musician who called president obama a subhuman mongrel. more on that ahead. alright, whenever you get your stuff, run upstairs, get cleaned up for dinner. you leave the house in good shape? yea. yea, of course. ♪ [ sportscaster talking on tv ] last-second field go-- yea, sure ya did. [ male announcer ] introducing at&t digital life.
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tonight a juror in the michael dunn trial speaking out why they didn't reach a verdict in the first degree murder charge. the young teen was gunned down in a convenience store parking lot. an argument over loud music set things in motion. juror number four described how heated jury deliberations got inside that jury room. >> there were reports there was yelling heard coming from the deliberation room. what was that about? you did some of the yelling. >> yes. at one point we were all trying to get our point across. >> scream? >> oh, yes, sir. >> profanity? >> oh, yes, sir. >> people were passionate about
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their position. >> yes, sir. >> juror number four said the 12 men and women in that room were deeply divided from the moment they began deliberating with most of the jurors in her camp believing that dunn was guilty. >> do you think michael dunn got away with murder? >> at this point, i do myself personally, yes. >> you all first took your first poll on guilt or innocence on the murder of jordan davis. what was the vote? >> 10-2. >> 10 people thinking he was guilty. >> yes, sir. >> and two said -- >> self-defense. jordan davis' parents will likely watch this interview. what would you say to them? >> i would say i am sorry, of course. nothing will bring back their son. i hope that they feel that we didn't do them a disservice. >> the jury deliberating nearly 30 hours, the final vote count on the first degree murder charge 9-3. according to juror number four, those three holdouts were convinced that dunn acted in self-defense. prosecutors are seeking a new trial. the family of jordan davis say they want justice.
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they're not giving up their fight. lori st. pierre is jordan davis' aunt. she joins us tonight. lori, what's your reaction to what the juror said? is it at all comforting to know that they struggled over reaching a verdict? >> it's very comforting to know that, that in the 30 hours that they were deliberating that there was a struggle. and i don't know how else i can put it. it's just very good to know. they did their job. they worked hard. >> the juror said that she didn't want to do a disservice to jordan's parents. >> yes. >> do you feel the jury did a disservice by not finding dunn guilty of murder? >> no, i don't. when you look at it with everything with court and everything and then 30 hours of
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deliberation, perhaps i could say that if they deliberated for an hour or two hours. but 30 hours i really do believe they did the best they could. >> the juror said she felt like michael dunn got away with murder. that's got to be tough for you to hear. >> it's very tough. it's very tough to hear that. i know he attempted murder on those three -- on the boys. i know my nephew. she feels he got away with murder. he's going to be retried. so i don't feel i can say that he got away with it. he's going to be retried. and he'll never walk out of prison again. >> are you confident in a retrial? do you have faith that justice will be done? >> i'm very confident. our god is the final judge and
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jury. and we trust him in all things. and i'm very confident that whatever the outcome, it will be the lord's will. >> i know jordan was close to you, close to your family, used to spend summers, holidays at your house. >> yes. >> i don't want this man to define who your nephew was. can you just tell us about jordan, what you want people to know about him, remember about him? >> well, one thing is there's been so much emphasis to the type of music that was played in the car. well, jordan listened to every type of music. jordan loved dancing. he loved to make up dances. jordan was a goofball. he was always laughing and joking.
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he would even play "just dance" with my daughter. he just loved life and loved everyone. typical teenager. just a wonderful, wonderful kid. wouldn't hurt anybody. places that we used to frequent all the time out here are so different now when we go. because jordan's not there. >> i'm so sorry, lori, for your loss. and the words sound so hollow, but i think a lot of people are thinking about you and thinking about your family and just wish you the best. >> thank you so much. up next, outspoken musician ted nugent, a vocal gun rights supporter, who called president obama a subhuman mongrel hits the campaign trail for a candidate for governor in texas sparking new controversy.
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call... and ask about all the ways you could save. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? leading republican candidate for governor in texas is taking some heat for campaigning alongside ted nugent. greg abbott's campaign is brushing off the criticism. when we tried to ask him about nugent's participation, abbott and his aides didn't want to talk about it. they dodged the questions. we'll have more on that in a moment. ted nugent is a strong supporter of the right to own a gun and highly critical of those who support gun control, especially president obama. but the words he's used to describe the president are hateful and inflammatory. listen to what he called mr. obama at a gun show last month.
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>> a chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel. >> a subhuman mongrel. nugent went on to call the president treasonous and gangster who should be in jail. he said anyone not a member of the national rifle association is an enemy. we should point out the man he's supporting, greg abbott, is in law enforcement. he's the texas attorney general. for the past two days, we've extended an invitation for mr. abbott to come on the program. he's declined, suggesting scheduling issues. understanding his busy schedule, ed lavendera went to him. >> reporter: we found greg abbott in tyler, texas where he was making a campaign stop this morning. that's where we tried to ask him about his appearance with ted nugent yesterday here in the dallas area. we got off one question but then things turned a little tense. this is how the interview started.
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>> mr. pab -- abbott, why did you think it was a good idea to campaign with ted nugent? >> you know, it's funny how reactive the davis campaign is to this. it shows that he's driven a wedge and exposed the fraud that they've displayed on second amendment-based issues. and so ted nugent was a way to expose wendy davis for her flip-flopping on gun-related issues. >> but this is texas. finding someone who is pro guns is not that hard. why does it have to be ted nugent? >> what was the question? >> that was the question. >> so then greg abbott started answering some other questions from a small handful of reporters there. we were told it would be a media event so other reporters asked some questions. i tried to come back to the issue of ted nugent. that's when it got really tense. it ended up with the campaign communication director standing between me and greg abbott, getting in front of our camera. watch that.
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>> mr. abbott, you could have found a lot of people to talk about gun rights. >> thank you so much. >> mr. abbott. >> i appreciate it. >> you could have found a lot of of people to talk about gun rights. this is not a press conference. you know that's not a press conference. one question is not a press conference. [ inaudible ]. >> we said specifically what we wanted to talk about. >> you asked the question. everybody asked a question. >> that's not a press conference. you know full well. >> it was interesting, the communications director went on to accuse me of ambushing him. i pointed out to him later on he was the one that stepped between our camera and greg abbott. so we kind of left it there at that point. >> obviously they're dodging the question, dodging you. we asked him to come on the program. he declined. does abbott or anyone from his campaign say why they just won't answer the questions? >> reporter: well, this is the question i think that kind of still lingers.
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is greg abbott going to continue at some point campaigning with ted nugent? will he disavow or criticize in stronger terms the comments that ted nugent has made? we tried one last time before he left that campaign stop to ask those questions. this is how it all ended. >> mr. abbott, will you give as a chance to clarify on ted nugent? why would you associate yourself with someone who describes a sitting president as a subhuman mongrel? has described female politicians in vile ways? will you use him again in a campaign? >> sorry. >> reporter: and that was it, anderson. so greg abbott simply saying at this point they used ted nugent as a way of pointing out what they believe is wendy davis's flip-flopping on gun issues. and clearly they want this issue to go away. they were not happy we were asking these questions today. >> ed, appreciate it. let's get to the true politics. joined by chief political
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analyst gloria borger and anna navarro, a republican strategist. >> calling the president of the united states a subhuman mongrel and gangster just last month, should republican candidates like greg abbott hanging out with this guy? >> he said that he did not know that ted nugent had made these remarks. >> he knows now. >> i think it is not hard -- he does now. i think the right thing to do frankly is for him to condemn and disavow these remarks. it's not a hard thing to do. we really should all be able to speak civilly, to campaign civilly and not resort to this kind of language. it is true that this was not said by greg abbott, this was said by ted nugent. he did not know he had said these things before. but when you're dealing with somebody like ted nugent, you know that it's likely that he has said very controversial, outrageous things. the right thing to do is to say, look, i'm not an arbiter of what ted nugent says, i'm not responsible. he's endorsing me. i'm not endorsing him. but i disavow and condemn these
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remarks because they're just inappropriate. it's an inappropriate way to talk about the president of the united states or any human. >> he's obviously not doing that because it sells tickets, not literally sells tickets but gets people in the door to his events, gets him attention. it plays to the hard core base. >> but it's also, anderson, it's also turned into an unforced political error. the texas primary election is march 4th. greg abbott practically has no primary. he's going to coast to victory in those primaries. he's going to be thinking about the general. and i think this puts him in a tougher position when it comes to the general. he has a comfortable lead. he can't afford many of these type of unforced errors. >> gloria, someone made the comparison to bill maher and something he said about sarah palin calling her a word we can't repeat on the program and going to donate to a superpac that supported president obama. is that a fair comparison? >> no, it isn't.
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first of all let me say i agree with anna on this, you've got to clean up the civil discourse on both sides. that goes without saying. but i don't think it's like bill maher. bill maher was not out there standing on a stage campaigning for a candidate. he is somebody who's donated his money on behalf of a candidate. but that's what he is allowed to do as an american citizen. he wasn't a surrogate for a candidate. he wasn't on the campaign trail. so i think it's a very different situation, because abbott, as you just saw, is standing on the same stage with nugent. >> anna, the obama campaign, i remember their response, they said, about when bill maher said this thing about the donation, they said they can't be the arbiter of every statement that everybody makes in the policy and political arena. it sounds similar to what greg abbott basically said. >> that's right. when i used those words a little earlier, it's because i had read that quote that was said not by
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president obama but by his spokesperson, jay carney, in relation to bill maher. the bottom line is we should be fair on how we cover this on both parties and this should not be acceptable by either party. i think that i do believe that greg abbott may not have known when he said that that ted nugent had said these remarks. but somebody should have vetted him. because if the democrats were able to do awful research and come up with this in no time, certainly the people working for greg abbott should have known that this existed, should not have been surprised. and again i go back to telling you this was unnecessary politically. if you were telling me that greg abbott was in a very close election where he should be taking a huge risk, something that's going to haunt him in the general in order to win the far right, then that makes sense. but at this point, the race he's running in texas it makes no sense. >> go ahead, gloria. >> it's not that hard to say, i stand with ted nugent on the second amendment, i'm offended by his language. end of story.
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>> all right. anna, thanks very much. gloria borger as well, thanks. it's been exceptionally cold and snowy in the northeast, obviously the midwest this winter. warmer weather is on the way this week. could it bring flooding and tornadoes with it. we have the latest from chad myers next. find parking space. [ woman ] parking space found. [ male announcer ] ...that secured the data that directed the turbines that powered the farm that made the milk that went to the store that reminded the man to buy the milk that was poured by the girl who loved the cat. [ meows ] the internet of everything is changing everything. cisco. tomorrow starts here.
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warmer temperatures are on the way for the northeast and midwest. there is a downside, all the melting snow and ice could bring flash flooding. meteorologist chad myers is live in the cnn weather center. >> temperatures we haven't seen in many months. 33 green bay, 37 chicago, 36 minneapolis, 36 duluth. there's a lot of snow on the ground. this graphic here where you see the pinks and the purples here, that's a foot of snow or more on the ground. that is going to start to melt. not only will it start to melt we'll also get some rain on top of that making it melt even faster. look at the temperatures at this hour right now in texas. 78 del rio, 72 austin, 69 dallas. there's no snow down there, but this is the warm air that's going to work its way into our forecast even for the northeast. but when you have warm and you
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have cold -- and there'll be a cold front because there always is behind a warm front. if you get a low pressure you have a warm and cold side. you will get the potential for severe weather. 72 degrees for tomorrow in nashville. same in charlotte. 70 in raleigh and 61 in st. louis. when you get that to go like that and you get snow on one side, cold weather on the other, you get blizzard warnings here but also down across where the snow is going to melt very quickly, flood watches as well. so we could see an awful lot of flooding coming here. here's how it works out for tonight. some severe weather but tomorrow's a bigger day. also as we get into friday that severe weather moves off to the east. there's the low we talk about. this is the warm side, this is the snowy side. so minneapolis, you're above freezing now but don't get used to it. that goes away rather quickly, anderson. >> so a cold front then follows. >> of course. now, this is a -- we'll call this one a cool front. because it isn't insane. there's another one that comes through next thursday, anderson, that's going to make this thing look like a warm front. it's going to be so frigid.
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this is going to be 30 degrees below normal all across the east from the rockies to the northeast. >> yikes! >> for you that means a morning low below zero next thursday and friday. this i still a week away. but all of a sudden it starts to melt, things are looking good. paper whites are starting to pop up. then bam, temperatures are going to be way below freezing. >> yikes, all right. better get a winter coat. chad, thanks very much. let's get caught up on other stories. susan hendricks. >> reporter: in venezuela show of support for jailed opposition leader the day after he surrendered to authorities. the government blames him for the deaths tied to anti-government street protest that have erupted in violence. a fifth person died today. two american security officers have been found dead on the maersk alabama cruise ship. former navy s.e.a.l.s were found in a cabin while the ship was
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moored at fort victoria in the indian ocean. no word on how they died. facebook has a kwacquired whatsapp for $19 billion with more than 450 million users and a million more joining each day. that app is considered the most popular messaging app for smartphones. take a look at 19-year-old nate mccool, the world's strongest teen. he lifted a combined weight of 2073 pounds at a power lifting event, dead lifting 800 pounds, squatting 772 pounds, and bench pressing more 509 pound. it adds up to a ton. >> he could snap my neck like this like a little twig. susan, thanks very much. coming up a guy breaks into a police car in broad daylight on a crowded sidewalk. and darth vader was there. "the ridiculist" is know.
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time now for "the ridiculist." tonight we're taking you to a galaxy far far away. namely hollywood. hollywood boulevard where in broad daylight a guy smashed the windows of an lapd patrol car right there. darth vader was also there. mr. vader just stood there watching this guy force his way into the police car, steal a laptop and walk over to test it out at a kiosk. when you think about it it makes sense. darth vader is a master of the dark side, a villain, so why would he actually stop a crime? it's not like he could sneak up on the guy, poke him with a
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plastic light sabre. that would totally give him away. superman, on the other hand, surely superman would take action or at least stand there while the guy got arrested by real crime fighters. why wouldn't superman get involved? >> i saw the whole thing. it's not my job to jump in the middle. >> yeah. so this is the part of hollywood boulevard where the costume characters hang out. if you've seen the documentary "confessions of a superhero" you know they're not there to jump in it is middle of sketchy situations, they're there to take photos with tourists for tips. there's a very strict unwritten code of conduct. >> just remember, superheroes don't smoke. it's an image. >> ghost rider. >> ghost rider doesn't smoke. >> he's made of fire. >> but still, he doesn't smoke cigarettes. you'll never see ghost rider smoking a cigarette walking down the street. it's just not proper. >> i want 30 seconds of my life back. on the day in question, superman
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may not have swooped in but he did give the local news a pretty detailed account of what happened when the guy got arrested. >> so his face was on susan lucci's star. >> they actually started take him down back here. but like i was saying earlier, he was resisting arrest. >> this was a three-star pursuit then. >> it was. >> sandra bullock, keanu reeves. >> actually it's a good lineup. >> his face was on susan lucci's star. here's the problem. i've always said this. don't send superman to do what is clearly a job for letterman. remember the electric company? >> stronger than silent e, able to leap capital t in a single bound. it's a word, it's a plan, it's letterman! taking a w from his chest, he covers up the d-r and turns the dragon back into a wagon. >> if letterman was there he
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could have taken an s from his chest and turned the vandal into an alleged sandal. letterman would not stand there like some inaction hero on "the a popular high school gym teacher mysteriously left town without saying goodbye to anyone. he later sent letters to explain why. but a closer forensic look at those letters and the microscopic piece of tissue gave investigators an entirely different explanation for where he went and why. west yellowstone, montana is primarily a resort town. only 1,000 residents live here year round. but in season, the beauty of the national forest lands and

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